How to cook with Tajine?
First of all, let me tell you a bit about Tajine in general. Tajine is a food type very popular in North African countries like Marocco and Algeria. The name itself comes from the dish in which the food is cooked. Traditional Tajine pottery consists of two parts, a circular base unit that is flat with low sides and a large cone-shaped cover that sits on the base during cooking. The cover is designed to return all condensation back to the bottom. Thanks to this every food cooked in Tajine stays juicy and full of flavors. It is also perfect for slow-cooked dishes and stews.
How to cook with Tajine?
In the past days, I had a pleasure to cook a very traditional Moroccan dish in my new 20cm Tajine from STAUB. You can also buy a 28cm one if you wish. The 20cm one is perfect for 2 persons and the 28cm I would recommend for 4 persons. Bottom of the Tajine is from cast iron and it works perfectly on every cooking surface. To my surprise, you can use it even on an induction one! The cone is made from ceramics which is perfect for keeping the right temperature and the steam flow.
And what about the cooking experience?
I have to say that I was very much surprised from the first second I turned the induction on. The bottom of the Tajine started to heat up so quickly that I was afraid that I will burn the food. But once I reduced the heat everything was working very well. Food started to cook immediately and the whole house was covered with amazing aromas. Once I finished the first part of the cooking I placed the Tajine into the oven, and the magic continued. After just a couple of minutes, I opened the lid just to see what is going on. And to my another big surprise the food was already simmering. If I would use a traditional baking dish, it would definitely take more time and the meat would not close down so quickly and it could be chewy at the end. So to prevent burning I added a bit more water to the base, covered with the lid and let it sit for 1 and 1/2 hours in the oven.
Do I recommend it?
When the food was ready I took out the Tajine from the oven opened the lid and tested the meat. It was extremely tender and juicy inside, full of flavors and it exceeded all my expectations. As I still want to try out more dishes I will definitely use it again in the future. And also I will cook something VeGaN 🙂 In case, you would also like to try out a new cooking method or just want to impress your visitors and serve them something special, then I definitely recommend a Tajine. You will be very satisfied 🙂
And if you wonder what to cook in your Tajine, I recommend this perfect Moroccan lamb with dates and raisins. 🙂 recipe here